February 16th, 2011

Buying Organic Baking Supplies…

…is hard. Really, really hard. And expensive. And difficult, although I suppose that’s redundant.

I set out a few days back to convert an old family recipe to all organic ingredients. I figured it would be easy – just buy the organic version of each ingredient and — voila! — beautiful brownies. Well, they were beautiful, and delicious, but it wasn’t so simple.


First, the store that I went to (a nation-wide organic food store) did not have organic white sugar. They had organic cane sugar, which would make sense for coffee or even cakes, but I was worried about how the flavor would affect the brownies. Since the recipe uses bittersweet chocolate, all of the sweetness comes from the sugar. So I settled on chemical-free white sugar.

Then there was the issue of organic chocolate chips. Organic bittersweet chocolate was easy to find, but it’s chipped brother proved difficult. Again, part of what makes the recipe so special are the chocolate chips on top, so I didn’t want to compromise with diced chocolate or whatever I could come up with. So I used a mainstream brand that claimed to be “All-Natural” (a look at its ingredient list supported the veracity of the statement).

So moral of the story? I ended up with delicious brownies, even with some small compromises and a bigger price tag. Did they taste different? Not really. Did it feel good knowing that, in spite of the calorie total, they were healthier? Definitely. And next time, I will branch out and tweak the ingredients in an effort to be 100% organic. Which, sometimes, can be really, really hard.

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Comments

    Go with the cane sugar. I’ve also used whole wheat pastry flour as well and the brownies have been delicious. Haven’t gone so far as to get organic chocolate since I think even regular chocolate is expensive anyway. I’ll stock up when it’s on sale.

    baking…

    good point, well made, I agree completely…

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